Dharamsala. On Friday in Dharamshala, Punjab Kings XI will play their second match with Rajasthan Royals at their home ground. Both the teams will try hard to win this match to be held at Dharamshala Cricket Stadium. However, at the moment there is little hope of both of them reaching the playoffs. Despite this, both the teams will try hard to win the match to improve their position in the points table of the competition.
The second match of this season of IPL is being played in Dharamshala on Friday. The way the pitch at Dharamshala has helped the batsmen in last Thursday’s match, it is expected that this match too can be a high scoring one which will thoroughly entertain the spectators.
While the Dharamshala pitch is one of the faster pitches compared to other grounds, the batsmen enjoy hitting shots on it. It is clear from the way Delhi’s Russo and Punjab’s Livingston and other batsmen batted on the previous day that this pitch will prove to be more helpful for the batsmen.
On the other hand, after the defeat of Punjab at the hands of Delhi on the previous day, it is natural for their morale to fall. After this defeat, Punjab’s hopes of reaching the playoffs are almost over. On the other hand, even if Rajasthan Royals beat Punjab, their chances of making it to the playoffs are slim. Overall, the result of this match to be played in Dharamshala on Friday will not give much benefit to both the teams but once again the spectators will be entertained a lot.
Rajasthan Royals sixth in table point while Punjab eighth
On the other hand, if we talk about IPL season 2023, till now Rajasthan Royals is in sixth place while Punjab has slipped to eighth place. Both the teams have played 13-13 matches so far, out of which they have won six-six. Rajasthan Royals are two places above Punjab due to better run rate. Gujarat Titans, the winner of last season in the table point, is still in the first place this time. While Chennai is second, Lucknow third and Mumbai Indians fourth.
Punjab players took rest, Rajasthan Royals team sweated
On the other hand, before the IPL match to be played on Friday, where the Punjab team rested completely, the players of Rajasthan Royals team sweated profusely in the field till late evening. The Rajasthan Royals team reached Dharamshala on Tuesday for the first time for a practice session at the cricket stadium. The players of the team sweated profusely in the field for about four hours. During this, the players of both the teams tried their hands on bowling and batting. On the other hand, the teams of Punjab and Rajasthan are going to practice in the ground even before the start of the match tomorrow.
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